With its diverse blend of residential and commercial businesses, St. Paul’s Lowertown neighborhood is both easy to access and comfortable to walk, and provides endless opportunities to shop, dine, and explore. What was historically an industrial warehouse district has evolved into a vibrant cultural hub with a burgeoning culinary scene that attracts travelers and locals alike.
Best Local Eateries:
- PUBLIC Kitchen + Bar is located on the corner of 6th and Wacouta in the historic former Noyes and Cutler Building. This full-service restaurant and bar is open daily for lunch, dinner, and late-night cocktails, as well as brunch on Saturday and Sunday, and features a menu filled with fresh twists on American classics like fresh salads, house-made pastas, and inventive appetizers and entrees. The upper level restaurant and bar features an open and airy dining room with large windows and an open kitchen, as well as a sidewalk patio overlooking Mears Park.
- Barrio Restaurant is a vibrant restaurant and tequila bar located on 6th Street between Wacouta and Sibley. Open daily for lunch and dinner, Barrio has become a go-to spot for authentic, scratch-made Latin cuisine and the best margaritas in town. The restaurant offers a full bar and outdoor seating.
- The Bulldog Lowertown is a longtime staple in St. Paul. Located on the corner of 6th Street and Wacouta, the full-service restaurant offers lunch and dinner menus, a large variety of moderately-priced casual dining entrees, a full bar, outdoor seating, and shuffleboard.
- Black Dog Cafe is located on the corner of 4th Street and Broadway, and offers the finest locally-roasted espresso and gourmet coffees, a creative wine list, local brews on tap, and a variety of small plates to accompany them. Black Dog is also known for live music most every night and particularly for their Saturday nights, which feature the best veteran jazz musicians in the Twin Cities, as well as opening sets by up-and-coming jazz talent. Black Dog also hosts the Lowertown Reading Jam.
- World of Beer is located directly across the street on Sibley, and features over 500 craft beers on tap, affordable tavern food, and music.
- Handsome Hog is a contemporary Southern restaurant serving lunch, dinner, late-night eats, and brunch. Located on the corner of 6th Street and Sibley, this handsome, full-service restaurant is known for its “Brown Bible” – an expansive selection of bourbons, whiskeys, rye, and scotch.
- Big River Pizza is just two blocks down on 5th Street, and offers “Minne-Politan” style wood-fired pizzas with organic tomato sauce and unique, locally-sourced toppings. A private dining area is available for rent.
There are several other bars, restaurants, and pubs in the immediate vicinity of 180 East Fifth that deserve a visit!
- Mears Park
Across the street from 180 East Fifth is a calm oasis of nature tucked within the excitement of the city. One of the most beautiful parks in all of St. Paul, Mears Park is a peaceful getaway for professionals looking for a change of scenery during the work day. The park is home to several events throughout the year, including the Twin Cities Jazz Festival. During the summer months, local, national, and international artists take the stage one night every week for Music in Mears. When weather permits, you will find a variety of food trucks lined up along the park, making this a popular lunch spot in Lowertown. Mears also hosts outdoor films on warm summer nights.
- CHS Field
Home of the St. Paul Saints, CHS Field is a 7,000-seat ballpark that attracts a variety of regional and national events, from youth and amateur baseball tournaments to world-class concerts. Saints games are affordable, entertaining, and only a short walk from 180 East Fifth. CHS Field also offers a unique venue for corporate events and business meetings.
- Nice Ride
180 East Fifth is conveniently located less than two blocks from walking and biking trails along the Mississippi River. During the warmer months, you’ll find several Nice Ride locations in Lowertown to rent bikes.